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Business & Enterprise

The Business and Enterprise team is a faculty which includes at KS3 Business and Enterprise, Business Studies and Economics. Ofsted has reported that Walton High students ‘have an excellent understanding of business and enterprise’. (PSHE 2011) 

Our Aim

Business & Enterprise teachers engage students by using the real world to bring learning to life so students can relate to familiar and current contexts.  We like to use a variety of tasks including technology that meet the individual learning styles through differentiation to challenge students, most important it is the relationships we forge that is of mutual benefit.

The Team

Charlotte East – Lead Teacher – Business & Enterprise

Hasan Noor – Subject Leader - Economics

Aiden Wright  - Business and Economics Teacher

Roy Makan – Business Teacher

Jenna Mills – Business Teacher

Key Stage 3

Course Description and Content:

In this course, students develop their understanding of Business, Enterprise and ICT in a course which has been designed to encompass elements of all three subjects in themed units of study. During Year 7, students will study four themed units: All about me, Making it Happen, MoneySense and My MK.
Term

Topics

Autumn Term 1a

Walnut Tree & Brooklands

All About Me

This unit introduces students to the concepts of employability, exploring enterprise capabilities and e-safety.  Students will explore how to present information and develop their understanding of PowerPoint. Students will be assessed through a presentation on their enterprise skills and understanding of employability.

Autumn Term 1b

Walnut Tree & Brooklands

Making it Happen

This is an exciting unit in which students learn business and enterprise skills for running their own businesses.  Students form their own enterprises, allocate roles, host meetings, conduct research and learn to use Excel and Word.  Students will design their business logo in Fireworks.  Students sell their selected business ideas at the Enterprise fair.  Students will be assessed with the Making it Happen report which reflects on their experiences in the project.

Spring Term 2

Walnut Tree & Brooklands

MoneySense

Students will learn about personal finance.  They will learn about the different types of bank accounts and products such as debit and credit cards.  Students will also learn how to apply for a bank account, write a cheque and the concept of online banking.  Students will use virtual simulations to allow for hands on activities.  Assessment of the unit will be through the publication of an information leaflet and a mid-term assessment of key terminology.

Summer Term 3

Brooklands

MY Mk

Students will understand the basic principles of business for example, location, methods of production, unemployment and planning for a growing town.  Students will build a portfolio of different tasks as part of their assessment including designing a tourist information webpage, information brochure and building a model tourist information centre.

Key Stage 4

GCSE Business Studies – Starting in 2016 for Year 9  Business (8132)

In this course, students develop their understanding of Business Studies.  This is part of a three year course. There are six main units of study (listed below) which are examined in two papers in Year 11.  We are currently following the AQA specification.
  1. Business in the Real World
  2. Influences on businesses
  3. Business Operations
  4. Human Resources
  5. Marketing
  6. Finance
Assessment
The course is assessed with the two written terminal exam papers
Paper 1  Influences of operations and HRM on Business Activity. This paper examines:
-          Business in the real world
-          Influences on Business
-          Business Operations
-          Human Resources

The paper has 90 marks and is worth 50% of the final GCSE mark.  The paper is a written paper and is 1 hour and 45 minutes in duration.
Style of questions: Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.
• Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.
• Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.
Paper 2  Influences of marketing and finance on Business Activity. This paper examines:
-          Business in the real world
-          Influences on Business
-          Marketing
-          Finance
The paper has 90 marks and is worth 50% of the final GCSE mark.  The paper is a written paper and is 1 hour and 45 minutes in duration.
Style of questions: Section A has multiple choice questions and short answer questions worth 20 marks.
• Section B has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 34 marks.
• Section C has one case study/data response stimuli with questions worth approximately 36 marks.
Resources:
All students are provided with the a textbook – AQA GCSE Business Studies Published by Nelson Thornes ISBN: 978-1408504352.  We are waiting for specific resources to be published for this course
Term

Topics

Autumn Term 1a and 1b

Businesses in the Real World
The purpose of business activity, the role of business enterprise and entrepreneurship, and the dynamic nature of business.  Specifically students will examine:



-          Purpose of Business

-          Basic functions and types of Business

-          Enterprise and entrepreneurship

-          Dynamic nature of business

-          Business ownership e.g sole traders, Ltds, Plcs

-          Aims and Objectives

-          Stakeholders

-          Location

-          Business Planning

-          Expanding the Business



Influences on Business
The importance of external influences on business and how businesses change in response to these influences. Specifically students will examine:



-          Technology

-          Ethical and Environmental considerations

-          The economic climate

-          Globalisation

-          Legislation

-          Competitive environment



Business Operations
Students should understand what business operations involve, their role within the production of goods and the provision of services, and how they influence business activity. Specifically students will examine:



-          Production Process

-          The role of Procurement e.g. JIT, supplier factors and logistics

-          The concept of quality

-          Good customer service



Human Resources
Students should understand the purpose of human resources, its role within business and how it influences business activity.  Specifically students will examine:



-          Organisational structure

-          Recruitment and selection of employees

-          Motivating employees

-          Training





Marketing
Students should understand the purpose of marketing, its role with business and how it influences business activity. Specifically students will examine:



-          Identifying and understanding customer

-          Segmentation

-          The elements of the marketing mix

-          The purpose and methods of market research



Finance
Students should understand the purpose of the finance function, its role with business and how it influences business activity. Specifically students will examine:



-          Sources of finance

-          Cash Flow

-          Financial terms and calculations

-          Analysing the financial position




GCSE Business Studies

Course Description and Content:
In this course, students develop their understanding of Business Studies.  This is part of a three year course. There are two main units, these are, Setting up a Business and Growing as a Business, Unit 1 explores small and new businesses and unit 2 continues the learning from unit 1 through the introduction of new concepts which apply to larger businesses. In each of these units, students will explore the following themes that make up the core subject content, which are:

  • Starting a Business
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • People in Business
  • Operations Management

Assessment
The course is assessed with the two written terminal exam papers and one controlled assessed piece of work. 
Unit 1 Setting up a Business – Written Paper 40% of the final marks- 1  hour
Unit 2 Growing as a Business– Written Paper 35% of the final marks – 1 Hour
Unit 3 Controlled Assessment – (Coursework) 25% of the final marks – 12 hours completed in class

Resources:
All students are provided with the set text – AQA GCSE Business Studies Published by Nelson Thornes ISBN: 978-1408504352

Useful Revision Guides:

  • Parsons, R (1 Sep 2009). GCSE Business Studies AQA Revision Guide. Cambridge: Coordination Group Publications Ltd (CGP) ISBN: 978 184 762 3171
  • Parsons, R (9 Sep 2009). GCSE Business Studies AQA Workbook. London: Coordination Group Publications Ltd (CGP)ISBN: 978 184 762 3188
  • Denby, N (9 Sep 2009). Business Studies: AQA GCSE Revision Guide. ISBN: 978 144 410 7760

Year 9

Term

Topics

Autumn Term 1a

Starting a Business
Students are introduced to the first topic in which they will understand business enterprise, aims, objectives, and measures of success, business planning, stakeholders, business structures and location.

Autumn Term 1b

Starting a business project
Students will apply their knowledge from the first term to a business of their choice.  They will research their chosen organisation and produce a student information pack.

Spring Term 2a

Marketing
market research with limited budgets, using the marketing mix (price, product, promotion and place), product portfolio

Spring Term 2b

Controlled Assessment
Students are introduced to the controlled assessment.  Lessons will explore the mark scheme and structure of the controlled assessment.   Students will undertake a practice controlled assessment, including undertaking the research and written report.

Summer Term 3a

Finance
This unit includes studying sources of finance for large and small business, cash flow forecasting, understanding the calculation for profit or loss.

Summer Term 3b

People
Students will learn how businesses undertake recruitment, retention, motivation, employment rights and responsibilities, appraisals and internal business structures.

Year 10

Term

Topics

Autumn Term 1a

Operations
Students are introduced to the final topic of unit 1 in which they will understand production methods for manufacturing and service based businesses, customer service, impact of ICT, quality assurance

Autumn Term 1b

Unit 1
Students will recap their learning from the last year and develop their understanding of the external examination.  Students will develop their understanding of revision technique and will concentrate on extending their answers with a particular focus on developing their analysis and evaluative skills.

Spring Term 2a

Growing a business
Students are introduced to this first topic of the unit two exam.  Students will explore the changes in the aims and objectives of the business, changes in stakeholder interests, methods of growth and integration.

Spring Term 2b

Marketing
Understanding the changes to the marketing mix – Price, Product, Promotion and Place.

Summer Term 3a

People
Students will explore how larger businesses recruitment methods differ from a small business.  Students will also explore motivation and appraisal of staff and different organisational structures.

Summer Term 3b

Operations
The changing production methods used by larger businesses, the challenges of ensuring quality in production and benefits and drawbacks of growing production.

Year 11

Term

Topics

Autumn Term 1a

Controlled Assessment Mock
Students are introduced to the controlled assessment.  Lessons will explore the mark scheme and structure of the controlled assessment.   Students will undertake a practice controlled assessment, including undertaking the research and written report.

Autumn Term 1b

Controlled Assessment
Students will undertake their Controlled Assessment based on the pre-released topic set by AQA

Spring Term 2a

Finance
Students will develop their knowledge of finance, exploring the different sources of finance available to larger businesses.  Students will also understand and interrupt the Balance Sheet and the Profit and Loss accounts

Spring Term 2b

Unit 2
Students will recap their learning from the last year and develop their understanding of the external examination.  Students will develop their understanding of revision technique and will concentrate on extending their answers with a particular focus on developing their analysis and evaluative skills

Summer Term 3a

Revision and Exam Preparation

Key Stage 5

AS Business Studies

Course Description and Content:
In this course, students develop their understanding of Business.  This is a two year course in which students will study two units as part of their AS studies and a further two units for A2.  At AS, students will study Unit 1: Planning and Financing a Business and Unit 2: Managing a Business.

Assessment:
Students will complete two external exams at the end of Year 12.
Unit 1 Buss1 Planning & Financing a Business – Worth 40% of AS marks or 20% A Level 1 ¼ hour Paper 
Unit 2 Buss2 Managing a Business - Worth 60% of  AS marks or 30% A Level - 1 ½ hour Paper
 
Resources:
image002All students will be issued with the set text. AQA Business Studies AS, published by Nelson Thornes, ISBN 978-0748798469.






  

Term

Topics

Autumn Term 1a

Starting a Business

Finance
Students will learn the fundamentals of finance from sources of finance to budgeting, break-even and cash flow forecasting.  Students need to be to perform basic calculations such as calculating revenue and analyse data to explain the impact of results for a suggested business performance.

 

Autumn Term 1b

Spring Term 2

Marketing

HRM
This unit looks at the importance of people within the organisation.  Students will be able to calculate and measure the effectiveness of a workforce, explore effective methods to recruit and train staff.

Operations
Explores operational decisions such as quality, the importance of customer service, factors effecting location and the use of technology.

Summer Term 3A

Unit 1 and Unit 2 Exam Preparation

Summer Term 3b

Start A2 programme – A2 operations



A2 Business Studies

Course Description and Content:
In this course, students develop their understanding of Business.  This is a two year course in which students will study two units as part of their AS studies and a further two units for A2.  At A2, students will study Unit 3: Strategies for Success and Unit 4: The Business Environment and Managing Change.

Assessment:
Students will complete two external exams at the end of Year 12.
Unit 3 Buss3  Strategies for Success - 1 ¾ hour Paper  25% A Level
Unit 4 Buss4 Business Environment and Managing Change 1 ¾  hour Paper 25% A Level

Resources:
image004All students will be issued with the set text. AQA Business Studies A2, published by Nelson Thornes, ISBN 978-0748798476



Term

Topics

Autumn Term 1a

 

HRM
Explores the importance of strategic planning such as the need for workforce plans and employee relations.

Autumn Term 1b

Finance
This unit looks at a true understanding of the Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss account.  Students will be expected to perform more complicated calculations and ratios, interrupting data and suggesting improvements for a given business.

Spring Term 2

 

Managing Change
Explores the reasons why a business needs to change and evolve.  Key aspects such as leadership and culture are explored and how a business should implement change within different scenarios.



BTEC Business Subsidiary Diploma

Course Description and Content:
In this course, students develop their understanding of Business.  This is a two year course in which students will study six units.  All students must study four core units and two optional units.
The four core units are:
Unit 1: The Business Environment
Unit 2: Business Resources
Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing
Unit 4: Business Communication

The two optional units students will study are:
Unit 9: Creative Product Promotion
Unit 13:Recruitment and selection in Business

Assessment:
All units are through pieces of coursework and are assessed to a Pass, Merit or Distinction level.
Resources:
image005All students will be issued with the set text. BTEC Level 3 National Business Student Book 1, published by Pearsons ISBN: 978-1846906343

 



Unit 1 – The Business Environment. This unit looks at the fundamentals involved in two contrasting business organisations- their aims, purposes, stakeholders and structure, as well as the external factors that influence a business and how they will react to these factors

Unit 2 – Business Resources
The aim of this unit is to develop learner knowledge of the range of human, physical, technological and financial resources required in an organisation, and how the management of these resources can impact on business performance

Unit 3 – Introduction to Marketing. The unit aims of to give learners an understanding of how marketing, research & planning, and the marketing mix are used by organisations. Learners will also need to develop a coherent marketing mix of a product of their choice

Unit 4 – Business Communication. In this unit learners will explore different types of information and how it is communicated effectively. They will come to understand what legal and ethical constraints restrict and protect organisations and individuals. They will also develop and enhance practical and creative skills when they produce presentations, web pages and leaflets.

Unit 9 – Creative Product Promotion. In this unit, the learner will know the constituents of the promotional mix and get to
understand the role of promotion within the marketing mix. Learners will also understand the role of advertising agencies and the media. They will then be required to create a simple promotional campaign of their choice.

Unit 13
This unit explores the recruitment process by different businesses. Students will also explore the legal frameworks they must operate within.  Students will design their own recruitment documentation and interview in which they must interview potential applications and form judgements for a position of their choice.



BTEC Business (AS) Diploma

Course Description and Content:
In this course, students develop their understanding of Business.  This is a two year course in which students will study twelve units.  All students must study four core units and eight optional units.
The four core units are:
Unit 1: The Business Environment
Unit 2: Business Resources
Unit 3: Introduction to Marketing
Unit 4: Business Communication

The eight optional units students will study are:
Unit 9: Creative Product Promotion
Unit 12: Internet Marketing in Business
Unit 13:Recruitment and selection in Business
Unit 15: Development Planning for a career in Business
Unit 18: Managing a Business Event
Unit 19: Developing Teams in Business
Unit 27: Understanding Health & Safety in the workplace
Unit 29: Understanding retailing


Assessment:

All units are through pieces of coursework and are assessed to a Pass, Merit or Distinction level.

Resources:

image005 image007
All students will be issued with the two set texts. BTEC Level 3 National Business Student Book 1, published by Pearsons ISBN: 978-1846906343
BTEC Level 3 National Business Student Book 2, published by Pearsons ISBN: 978-1846906343

 

Unit 12 – Internet marketing. In this unit learners will gain an understanding of the role of internet marketing in modern marketing and how this benefits both the customer and the business. They will also understand the marketing opportunities and challenges of globalisation facing a selected organisation when using the internet as a marketing tool.

Unit 18

Unit 19
Teams are used by organisation in many ways.  Students explore the different teams which could be used, the stages of forming a team and how teams help to achieve the goals of the business.  Alongside Unit 18, students explore the roles they perform with in a team, exploring the roles and performance of a team whilst managing an event.

Unit 15

Unit 27
This unit explores the importance of Health and Safety. Students interview key personnel responsible for Health and Safety.  They will become a Health and Safety investigator in which they will undertake their own risk assessment.

Unit 29
With retailing being a key part of the UK economy, students will study the business of retail.  They will learn about changes in retail, distribution of products and services and judging the level of customer services delivered by different retailers.  Students will undertake mystery shopper surveys and research customer service policies.

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